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Basic School Property Tax Information Q & A

Use this website to look up property taxes! 

Please note: 
Moving the tax collection period allows us to utilize finalized property assessments and equalization rates for the appropriate year. The city recently aligned there property assessments dates which had complicated this in prior years.   The state asked us to verify our equalization rates for last year.  This resulted in a conversation with a staff member at real property regarding using equalization rates before they were finalized.  For 2019-20 with the revised schedule this is no longer an issue.All data is final.



Payment information:

  • Who do I make my check out to?
    • Checks should be made payable to Cortland Enlarged City School District.
  • Where can I pay my school tax bill?
    • School property tax payments can be made a couple of different ways.
      • They can be paid in person at Tompkins Trust Company at the branches located at 36 Main St., Cortland or 139 North St. Ext., Dryden.
      • If you would like to mail your payment, please mail to Tompkins Trust Company, PO Box 766, Ithaca, NY 14851. We do accept postmark as the date received.
      • You may also pay using a credit card via www.taxlookup.net. Please note, there is an additional fee charged by the credit card company for this service.
  • When is my school tax payment due?
    • Cortland Enlarged City School District allows taxpayers to pay their tax bills in two equal installments. The first half (installment) is due no later than September 30th and the second half (installment) is due no later than February 28th of the next year, without penalties.
    • A penalty is assessed on the first half only if it is not received by the September 30th deadline. Below is a schedule of the penalty assessed on the first half only:

   If First Installment is         Paid By:

   The Penalty             Assessed is:

   September 30

   0%

   October 31

   2%

   November 30

   3%

   December 31

   4%

   January 31

   5%

   February 28

   6%

 

  • Tax bills are considered delinquent if they have not been postmarked by February 28th and are turned over to the City of Cortland, County of Cortland or County of Tompkins for collection on March 1st.
  • Please note, we DO NOT send a reminder bill if you choose to pay in installments.
  • Where can I go to see if my bill has been paid or to obtain a receipt?
    • You may find information regarding your tax bill and any payments made at www.taxlookup.net.  You may also contact the tax collector, Brayden Bushnell, at (607) 758-4080.
  • Inquiries regarding delinquent taxes need to be directed to the City of Cortland Finance Dept. at (607) 756-6521, the Cortland County Treasurer at (607) 753-5070 or the Tompkins County Treasurer at (607) 274-5545.

School Tax Relief Program (STAR):

  • Am I eligible for the STAR program?
    • Basic STAR
      • To be eligible, total income (all owners who live in the home and any spouse who lives in the home) must be $500,000 or less, you must own the home and it must be your primary residence. Properties purchased before August 1, 2015 will receive an exemption of up to $30,000 of assessed value on the school tax bill. Properties purchased after August 1, 2015 will receive a check for the equivalent exemption (up to $545) from New York State.  The exemption or credit is noted on your bill as either BAS STAR or STAR Check.
    • Enhanced STAR
      • To be eligible, all owners must be 65 or older, except for spouses and siblings, total income (all owners who live in the home and any spouse who lives in the home) must be $86,000 or less, you must own the home and it must be your primary residence. Properties purchased before August 1, 2015 will receive an exemption of up to $65,500 of assessed value on your school tax bill. Properties purchased after August 1, 2015 will receive a check for the equivalent exemption from New York State (up to $1,190). The exemption or credit is noted on your bill as either ENH STAR or STAR Check.
    • How do I register for the STAR program?
      • For more information or to register for STAR, you may contact your assessor, visit www.tax.ny.gov or call (518) 457-2036.
    • I signed up for the STAR program but I do not see it on my school property tax bill?
      • Any questions related to your STAR exemption or credit should be directed to your assessor. Please see below for contact information.

Other General Information:

  •  There appears to be an error on my school property tax bill. Who should I contact?
    • If there appears to be an error of any kind your bill, please notify your ASSESSOR immediately. Please note, the presence of errors and/or omissions will not prevent the charging of interest penalties after the initial due date.
  • I need to change the address on my school property tax bill. Who should I contact?
    • Please let your ASSESSOR know of any name or address changes that need to be made to your property information. Property tax bills are generated from files maintained by the respective assessors. The School District Tax Collector cannot change the information in these files. Only the assessors can do this.
  • In the past, my school property taxes were paid through an escrow. I no longer have an escrow account and want to make sure my tax bill is mailed to me. Who should I contact?
    • Please let your ASSESSOR know to remove any bank codes that may be attached to your property.

Contact Information

  • Cortland Enlarged City School District School Property Tax Collector:
    • Brayden Bushnell – (607) 758-4080
  • City of Cortland and Town of Virgil Assessor:
    • Brian Fitts – (607) 749-3153; 31 N. Main St., Homer, NY 13077
  • Town of Cortlandville:
    • David Briggs – (607) 756-7306; 3577 Terrace Rd., Cortland, NY 13045
  • Town of Harford:
    • Larry Fitts – (607) 749-3473; 31 N. Main St., Homer, NY 13077
  • Town of Lapeer:
    • Frances Butler – (607) 849-6966; 40 W. Main St., Marathon, NY 13803
  • Town of Dryden:
    • Steve Lehr – (607) 274-5517; 128 E. Buffalo St., Building C, Ithaca, NY 14850
  • Cortland County Treasurer’s Office:
    • Kellie Greene – (607) 753-5070; 60 Central Ave., Rm 132, Cortland, NY 13045
  • City of Cortland Finance Office:
    • Tracey Hatfield – (607) 756-7312; 25 Court St., Cortland, NY 13045
  • Tompkins County Treasury Manager:
    • Melanie Merriman – (607) 274-5545; 125 East Court St., 2nd Floor, Old Jail, Ithaca, NY 14850






 

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